Bands are like friends, sometimes you lose touch with them for no good reason. You don’t stop liking them, you just don’t have as much time to devote to them as you used to, and you just drift apart. Lambchop, for me, are one of those bands. I loved their album Nixon, which has to be getting on for 15 years old now, and owned a couple of their others around the same time, but somewhere along the way I stopped paying attention.
Turns out they’ve changed a fair bit over the years. Gone are the sumptous country-soul stylings of Nixon. Instead we have skittering beats, electronic pulses and sparse piano. Kurt Wagner’s ever beautiful voice drifts, dreamlike, in and out of the track and is even more effective for that. The Hustle weighs in at a hefty 18 minutes, but it never outstays its’ welcome, which is quite a feat for a song this long, and stands alongside the best things they’ve ever done.
Lambchop, it’s time for you and I to get reacquainted.
Thanks to the excellent GoldFlakePaint blog, for the recommendation